Karen Knapstein
December 18, 2013

Flipped Classrooms, Free Money and Finland


We came across a story about an entirely flipped school which reminded us that there hasn’t been a news roundup post on Channel One’s blog in a while, so since there’s no time like the present, here’s a look at what’s making education news this week.

The flipped classroom school story is from PBS and says that the school relies on “videos like the popular Khan Academy and Ted Talks” and that “Clintondale ranked among the worst 5 percent of all schools in the state…prior to the flip. But since then, the principal says failure rates for students have declined from 52 percent to 19 percent, and standardized test scores have risen steadily.” Have you tried a classroom flip in your school? What did you think of it?

The Education Department is handing out $120 million to school districts to fund pilot programs across the country. The money will go to help “students earn an associate’s degree and a high school diploma at the same time ,” provide “laptops to take home at night. And teachers will be retrained to let students move at their own pace” according to the AP. What pilot program would you fund in your district?  

Education Week has a piece about an American teacher experiencing classroom culture shock in Finland, which arguably has one of the planet’s best education systems. Kind of reminds us of our series on Education in the United States from a couple of years ago. What do you think? Is there a country the U.S. should be learning from when it comes to education?

And finally, to round out our round-up. MindShift has a list of the 2013′s 10 most educational videos available on YouTube. A big statement, no doubt, but we’ll let you be the judge.


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